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Girls basketball: Adjustments help Tigers rally

Farmington guard Sofia Chadwick drops in two points during Friday night’s win over Red Wing. Chadwick scored 20 points Saturday at East Ridge.

The Farmington girls basketball team made some first-half mistakes and, after making some adjustments, played much better in the second half of both of its games last week.

The adjustments were enough to produce a 54-48 come-from-behind win over Red Wing Friday night at Tiger Gym. Less than 24 hours later, a 16-point halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome in a 60-49 loss at East Ridge.

“In each first half we had moments where we played very flat – we did not execute well on offense, we had breakdowns on defense, and we rebounded poorly. But those were very momentary lapses,” Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. “In each game we made adjustments that the girls very quickly responded to and in both games we outscored our opponents in the second half due to playing more aggressively on both ends.”

The Tigers closed to within five points in the final two minutes against East Ridge, but the Raptors (15-4) made enough free throws to hang on for their fifth straight win and 11th in 12 games.

“The hole we ended up in at halftime was too big to dig out of,” Chadwick said. “It was a great comeback.

“The girls are playing very good basketball, but we need to play consistently throughout the game without having those momentary lapses.”

Sofia Chadwick led Farmington with 20 points at East Ridge. She also handed out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds. Jordyn Homeier and Abby Gallus each scored nine points and Alicia Hett chipped in seven points and four steals.

Hett turned in her best game of the season a night earlier against Red Wing. She scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added three steals and three assists.

Homeier supplied 11 points and Chadwick had 10 points and five rebounds.

“I was impressed with the balanced scoring in these two games, as well as the active defense the girls played, forcing a number of turnovers,” Chadwick said.

The win over Red Wing evened the Tigers’ record at 4-4 in the Missota Conference. They sit alone in fifth, one game behind fourth-place New Prague and two back of second-place Shakopee and Chanhassen with six games to go.

The team has a pair of road games this week, at New Prague Tuesday and at Holy Angels tomorrow night.